About the new city of Wanju

Sustainable living set on 1,245 hectares of farmland in the South West corner of Western Australia in the Shire of Dardanup.

Strategically appointed and primed at State Government level as a premier catchment for Western Australia’s future urban and industrial expansion, the next 30 years will be a transformative time in the history of this traditionally-rural and picture perfect landscape.

The new city of Wanju will be located just east of Bunbury and 185km south of Perth. It will accommodate 60,000 people and almost 20,000 homes.

Designing a city from the ground up is an opportunity like no other. The city of Wanju will be developed with imagination, creativity and innovation, providing a new city centre focused on sustainable living and utilising renewable resources in its construction.

A District Structure Plan for the new city of Wanju has been prepared collaboratively by the Department of Planning and the Shire of Dardanup. 

Employment & Business

Significant employment and business opportunities will be developed within Wanju to achieve a unique 'live and work locally' lifestyle. Over 4,000 jobs are expected to be delivered through multiple towns and neighbourhood centres, boosted by the proximity of Waterloo Industrial Park located immediately to the south of Wanju.

The primary Wanju centre will be a significant sub-regional address within the Bunbury Geographe region, boasting a variety of uses - commercial, retail, servicing, community, entertainment, health, recreation and residential.

Wanju will also deliver important new services, with ample space for a new hospital and health campus. 

The opportunity for a University of Technology Campus precinct could create the largest advanced manufacturing and knowledge precinct in the South West.


Creative and innovative in its design, forward-looking and sustainable. From the ground up, planning for Wanju will respect and enhance the natural environment. In turn providing more opportunities for residents to connect with the outdoors, while creating a strong, resilient community around a consistent theme of energy efficiency and sustainability. Green corridors will flow throughout Wanju in a criss-cross network designed to support ecological, recreation and surface water management functions. The Collie River and Millars Creek foreshores will be retained and enhanced to form important community hubs and connectors across the city.

Smart City 

From water management to building construction and street layout, the latest techniques and technology available will be applied at every opportunity to ensure a resilient future.

Sustainable building materials and practices will result in Wanju being the lowest embedded energy city developed to date and integrated water and energy systems will provide truly smart houses that reduce usage and provide significant savings to residents.

Through the application of cutting-edge technology across the city, life in Wanju will be high-tech with clean air and with housing and utilities available at an affordable price.


The residents of Wanju will benefit from the visionary approach taken in designing the city. They will be able to live, work, shop, play, socialise, learn and access health services all within a short distance. Travelling in a car is reduced because it is easy to walk or ride a bike along the criss-crossed networks of scenic green multi-use corridors, adding further benefits to the health of the residents.


Abundant access to nature, outdoor sports facilities and recreational opportunities will create a quality of life with vitality, community connection and a sense of identity and place. Wanju residents will have access to exceptional sport and recreation facilities across 370 hectares of land designed as open space, including formal sporting, nature reserves and bushland links. Playing fields at public schools will be shared with the community, creating intergenerational connections through healthy, physical activity.

Allocation of a site within the City of Wanju accessible to a fast rail service will allow for establishment of a multi-purpose arena to service the South West of Western Australia's growing need for high quality sports facilities. It will be recognised as an appropriate venue for further development of national and international events and tourism outside of Perth.